AMY BYER SHAINMAN, also known as BRCA Responder, is an advocate, author, and producer providing support and education surrounding BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes. She's the executive producer of the award-winning documentary Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer.
Shainman is a BRCA1 gene mutation carrier and a "previvor"--meaning she is a survivor of a predisposition to cancer (a previvor is someone at extraordinarily high risk for cancer who has not had the disease). In 2010, she had two prophylactic surgeries to reduce her cancer risk drastically; a nipple-sparing, skin-sparing mastectomy with reconstruction and oophorectomy with a hysterectomy.
Cure Magazine, The Jewish Journal, and The Palm Beach Post have featured Shainman's story. She has also appeared on numerous live and taped television and radio segments nationwide. As a digital ambassador for the National Society of Genetic Counselors gene pool, Shainman is considered one of fifteen influencers who have unique perspectives and knowledge in the fields of genetics and genetic counseling. She is an administrator for the largest female-only BRCA support group on social media. Shainman has published articles in The American Journal of Managed Care, Jupiter Magazine, and Oncology Nursing News.
Shainman's medical memoir Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew has won over a dozen literary awards and was the December 2020 book club selection of The National Library of Medicine.
Currently, Shainman is a producer on Lady Parts. Executive produced by Joanna Kerns, the scripted feature film highlights what it's like to be a BRCA positive female at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
PINK & BLUE: COLORS OF HEREDITARY CANCER
HONORS FOR RESURRECTION LILY
Winner 2020 CIPA EVVY Book Award Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
Winner 2019 Independent Author Network Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Winner 2019 Best Book Awards Science
Winner 2019 Independent Author Network Health & Medicine
Winner 2019 IndieReader Discovery Award Health & Medicine
Winner 2019 FAPA President's Award Health
CIPA EVVY Book Award 2020 Silver Narrative Non-Fiction
CIPA EVVY Book Award 2020 Bronze Health
Reader's Favorite 2019 Book Award Silver Non-Fiction-Genealogy
Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book
SPR Book Award Honorable Mention, Shortlisted for Excellence
Feathered Quill Book Award Silver Informational Book
Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist Inspirational Non-Fiction
HONORS FOR PINK & BLUE COLORS OF HEREDITARY CANCER
NOMINATED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Palm Beach International Film Festival - April 2016
Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico - 2016
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival - April 2016
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
The Women's Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles - December 2015